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Up North Blog

Cooking Up Friendships

Posted by Mary W. on 23rd Jul 2020

2020 Holland Career Tech Center interns (l to r): Anna Kloosterman, Josh Walters, Grace Kloosterman, Program Director Jill Landman, Haley Brannan, Alex Braun, and Jonathan Desantiago. All are from Ottawa County.Cherry Republic has been cultivating a culinary program with the Holland Careerline Technical Center for the last three years to create a pipeline of new and upcoming food experts to work at the Cherry Public House each summer. But Program Manager Jill Landman's ties with Cherry Repu ...

Cherry Republic Artist in Residence

Posted by Mary W. on 23rd Jul 2020

Mary Swikle, who spends most of her time studying Theology and Humanities at Villanova University, has graced Cherry Republic's Glen Arbor campus with her impressive painting talent this summer.  This creative college student's Mom is also a painter, and when she was little Mary got to play with her Mom's paints, which lead to her interest in art. She's translated that love for artistic expression into a beautiful new mural that graces our new sample tasting counter outside of  ...

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Posted by Mary W. on 23rd Jun 2020

The combination of Michigan raspberries and tart Montmorency cherries in our Cherry Jam make these the best thumbprint cookies you've ever had. And while they're a favorite during the holidays, we think this iconic and yummy cookie is a welcome treat any time of year! Ingredients:1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon fine salt3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened2/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling1 large egg1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/3 cup ...

3rd Annual Sunset Blush Release Party Planned

Posted by Mary W. on 12th Jun 2020

Cherry Republic will mark the official start of summer with the 3rd annual product release of our Sunset Blush 100% Montmorency Cherry Wine on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21. ‘It’s Sunset Somewhere’ will be celebrated at all six of Cherry Republic’s retail stores in Glen Arbor*, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor, Frankenmuth and Holland. Fun summer giveaways and drink recipes will highlight this free event.Sunset Blush was introduced in 2018 and was our first offering crafted fro ...

Our Favorite Bikes & Hikes

Posted by Mary W. on 2nd Jun 2020

There’s just something about a hike or bike ride on your favorite trail to clear your mind, calm your soul, and re-energize your spirit. And in Northern Michigan, we are blessed with an abundance of outdoor opportunities. Whether venturing out to the trails and beaches snaking through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or hiking and biking your way through the surrounding counties, you will be rewarded with spectacular vistas, majestic birds and animals, sweet fresh air, and a peacefuln ...

Coronavirus Update From Our Founder

27th May 2020

March 24, 2020Dear Citizens of the Republic,With the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, I wanted to update you on some changes we’ve made at Cherry Republic since my last post to you on March 13.First, please know that Cherry Republic continues to value the trust both our customers and employees place in us, and we take this responsibility seriously. Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, whether it be directly through the illness it ...

Covid-19 Store Updates

Posted by Mary W. on 27th May 2020

DECEMBER 2020 UPDATEOur retail stores continue to be open with COVID-19 safety measures in place (please see below). If you don't wish to shop in person, don't forget to take advantage of our Easy As Pie Curbside Pickup! Simply call ahead to your favorite Cherry Republic store to place your order. Click here to find a store near you and to check store hours.Our Website and Mail Order ambassadors have been busy taking your orders during the holiday season. Be sure to order ear ...

Operation Cherry Cheer Gift Box Recipients

Posted by Mary W. on 26th May 2020

Thanks to all who have responded to our call for nominations for Operation Cherry Cheer. We are acknowledging those who are going out of their way to help others during the coronavirus crisis, or those who simply need a pick-me-up during these challenging and uncertain times. We are choosing one deserving person each day to receive a free gift box from now through May 17, 2020. Below is a list of our very deserving recipients. We'll keep updating this blog every few days, so be sure to chec ...

Opening Our Stores With Care

Posted by Sarah M on 15th May 2020

After a month of planning and training, and in accordance with the guidance of local government and public health organizations, we kicked off one of the most thought-out essential retail openings in Michigan today! And enough signs tell us that our state, our community, and our customers are ready for us to safely open, as well.To support the safety of both our customers and employees, Cherry Republic has made significant enhancements to the store environment and operating procedures. Those mea ...

Our Pledge to 'Cherrish' Michigan

Posted by Mary W. on 15th May 2020

It’s no secret that we cherish Michigan’s natural resources at Cherry Republic. Since 1989, we’ve gifted well over $2 million to groups that help protect our pristine land and water.Now we’re excited to unveil our 'Cherrish Michigan' campaign. With the purchase of select bags of our fruit and nut mixes and other select products, we will donate $1 to some of our favorite environmental non-profits. See if one of your favorite environmental organizations and/or cherry treats is listed below, and he ...

Cherry Republic Helps Take 'LEAD' in Climate 2020 Talks

15th May 2020

GLEN ARBOR, Mich., May 13, 2020 —Today, Cherry Republic joined major U.S. companies including Dow, DSM North America, General Mills, Indigo Ag, JLL, Microsoft, Salesforce and VISA, among others, to call on a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers to build back a better economy by infusing resilient, long-term climate solutions into future economic recovery plans. Collectively, today’s Lawmaker Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD on Climate 2020) was the largest ever virtual call to action ...

Vote for Clean Air 2020

Posted by Bob Sutherland on 24th Apr 2020

COVID-19 has been a life-changing event for humankind. It has been a challenge to our health and economy, and it has exposed weaknesses in our society. The coronavirus has been especially hard on certain regions of the world.Data is showing that our most polluted regions have populations that are suffering the most from COVID-19. New York City, New Jersey, Detroit, Northern Italy, and Wuhan are regions with the worst air in the world. Their citizens, especially the elderly, are having the ...

A Teaching Moment

Posted by Mary W. on 23rd Apr 2020

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the faculty and support staff at Principia School have been working overtime to create online learning that mirrors the strong on-site programs the St. Louis school usually delivers. The four school-level (Upper School, Middle School, Lower School and Early Childhood) principals recently teamed together to find a way to thank them."Because many of our faculty members vacation in or near Glen Arbor, MI and have been longtime fans of Cherry Republic, we decided to ...

We've Tapped Into Something Great!

Posted by Mary W. on 6th Apr 2020

The Droscha family has been perfecting the art of maple syrup production at their centennial farm in Mason, Michigan, for more than 50 years. For generations, they’ve passed down the art of sustainably tapping hardwood maple trees and boiling sap over a roaring hardwood fire.Today, the Droschas continue to make pure maple syrup “the old fashioned” way by using sustainable practices and not taking any shortcuts. When Cherry Republic decided to produce a cherry maple syrup, we knew the Droschas wo ...

At Your (Curbside) Service

Posted by Mary W. on 3rd Apr 2020

Pictured Above: Neal and Melanie Kokowicz from Market 22 in Maple City.NOTE: If you are a snow bird or seasonal visitor to our area, please consider purchasing a gift card or two from your favorite restaurants to ensure they're still open when you come back up north. They make a great gift for friends and family, as well as those working the frontlines of this pandemic ... or just keep them for yourself to use in the future. Our wonderful small business community thanks you! Under normal ci ...